• Montreal Jazz Festival 2012: Why Montreal?

    July 7, 2012. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    WBGO’S Simon Rentner concludes his broadcast coverage of the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal by asking a simple question:  Why Montreal?  Festival Co-Founder and Artistic Director André Ménard and Vice President of Programming Laurent Saulnier have their answers.  Plus, Canadian musicians Peter Appleyard and Claude St-Jean chime in.

    Cool Laurent Saulnier

  • Montreal Jazz Festival 2012: Does Canada Have a Jazz Sound?

    July 7, 2012. Posted by Simon Rentner.

    WBGO's Simon Rentner, reporting from the last day from Festival International de Jazz de Montreal, asks: Does Canadian Jazz Have A Sound?  Artistic Director and Jazz Festival co-founder André Ménard (above), Canadian singer Sonia Johnson, and our own Michael Bourne answer that question.

    FIJM 2009_CP_salles_0509_43 Jean-François Leblanc

  • Montreal Jazz Festival 2012: Day 4 Interviews

    July 7, 2012. Posted by David Tallacksen.

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    It's been more than a decade since pianist Aaron Goldberg has played the Montreal Jazz Festival. But he told Michael Bourne he's still amazed at the atmosphere of the Festival.

    Aaron Goldberg

    Festival Artistic Director Andre Menard talks about going to Heavy Metal music festivals.

    Andre Menard

    Colin Vallon talks about working with Manfred Eicher on his ECM debut.

    Colin Vallon

    Montreal native bassist Adrian Vedady met American pianist Marc Copeland through an exchange of emails, and now they make up an international trio.

    Harmonica Quartet D'Harmo play live and show Michael Bourne the challenges of playing a two-foot long harmonica.


    Dawn Taylor Watson calls Paul Deslauriers her "musical mari" - her musical husband. They play live and talk to Michael Bourne.

    Dawn Taylor Watson and Paul Deslauries

    James Carter reminisced about filming "Kansas City."

    James Carter

    Pianist Lorraine Desmarais talks with fellow judge Michael Bourne about the hot competition for the Jazz TD Award.

    Lorraine Desmarais

    Blues singer Miche Braden portrays Bessie Smith at this year's Festival.

    Miche Braden

    Superstar International Press Handler Vincent Lefebvre makes everything happen for WBGO.

    Vincent Lefevre